Incoming Books: June 12th, 2012.
It’s our incoming books feature, showcasing those we have received and that are up for review. Each is recently published.
And to help you choose the book you like the best, I have included their wonderful covers, truncated publisher’s blurbs, and some brief stats so that you will know a bit more about each.
Now for the most fun part of this feature:
Which of these fun new books would you read first?
Macmillan | Tor
The Broken Universe ~ by Paul Melko; Tor Books; June 2012.
Possessing technology that allows him to travel across alternate worlds, John Rayburn begins building a transdimensional commercial empire, led by him, his closest friends, and their doppelgängers from several different parallel universes. But not every version of every person is the same, and their agendas do not always coincide.
Kop Killer ~ by Warren Hammond; Tor Books; June 2012.
This is the third book in the series for this science fiction noire thriller.
Juno Mozambe once had a life. That was when he was a dirty cop, married to a woman who suffered such profound abuse that she murdered her vile, drug kingpin father. Juno loved his wife and did his best to help her survive her guilt, her drug habit, and her desire to end her life on the dead-end planet of Lagarto.
When Juno discovers a series of profoundly twisted murders, he faces a bleak possibility: in his desperate quest for vengeance against the man who targeted him for death, Juno may have placed himself beyond any hope of redemption....
Silver ~ by Rhiannon Held; Tor Books; June 2012.
Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.
The Book of Summers ~ by Emylia Hall; Mira; May 2012.
Beth Lowe has been sent a parcel. Inside is a letter informing her that her long-estranged mother has died, and a scrapbook Beth has never seen before. Entitled The Book of Summers, it’s stuffed with photographs and mementos compiled by her mother to record the seven glorious childhood summers Beth spent in rural Hungary.
Since then, Beth hasn’t allowed herself to think about those years of her childhood. But the arrival of The Book of Summers brings the past tumbling back into the present; as vivid, painful and vital as ever.
Selkie Dreams ~ by Kristin Gleeson; Knox Robinson Publishing.
Belfast, 1895. Haunted by her mother’s death, Máire McNair is lured by the selkie myth to the promise of the Alaskan wilds to fulfil her dream of finding acceptance.
Cunning and determination get her there in the guise of teaching at the Tlingit Indian mission. But Alaska proves more complex and difficult than she imagined, and the hope that this new place would transform her is elusive as ever.
Will Máire be able to forge her own way and make a success of her teaching? And what should she do about the handsome yet moody Lieutenant Green who is aggressively courting her?
The Chosen Man ~ by J.G. Harlond; Knox Robinson Publishing.
A tale of power and intrigue, The Chosen Man is a fictional account of the events that triggered the Dutch scandal known as ‘tulip mania’.
Early spring 1635; Ludovico da Portovenere, Italian merchant and charismatic rogue, is on a familiar voyage from Constantinople to Amsterdam when his journey is interrupted. Waylaid first by a storm and then by a pirate raid, Ludo’s life is cast into upheaval and international espionage.
Suffocate ~ by S.R. Johannes; May 2012; Coleman & Stott.
Suffocate is the first novelette in a series. It’s a young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.
“For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It's a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy that affects the very air she breathes.
If those responsible find out what she knows, they won't stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.”
So do tell, which of these books would you choose to pick up and read first?